2014 Examples of Excelencia Finalist
Con Mi MADRE was founded in 1992 but received its non-profit status in 2009. It is currently the only non-profit in Central Texas that supports and encourages young Latinas in their pursuit of post secondary education while requiring mothers to be a part of the process. The majority of the girls are from low-income backgrounds and are first generation college students.
TRM’s core programs of Homework Help, Tutor Power Hour, and Believe & Achieve began in 1988 to support the academic needs of West Dallas’ growing Hispanic, low-income community.
The United Community Center (UCC) is a 43-year-old nonprofit, community-based agency that provides a range of programs and services to generations of Latinos of all ages in Milwaukee’s near Southside. In 2012, UCC received funding from Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation for a College Success grant: Abriendo Puertas (Opening Doors).
SAF has focused on education reform since its inception over 20 years ago. The Levante program began through a partnership with the North Carolina Migrant Education Program in 1998.
INSPIRE is a pipeline program that provides Hispanic high school students the opportunity to engage in hands-on biomedical original research with faculty advisors and graduate student mentors. Students learn laboratory techniques, bioethics, experimental design, and data entry and analysis at a graduate-level institution.
The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (OT) Program was created in 1996 and provides education to prepare entry-level occupational therapists that will primarily serve the underserved population of the border region of south Texas. This is the only occupational therapy program within the medically underserved communities of the Rio Grande Valley.
Florida International University (FIU), a four-year, public, urban, research, Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), was awarded in 2009 a grant in the College of Education, to implement the Creating Latino Access to a Valuable Education (CLAVE) project. The program aims to expand post-baccalaureate educational opportunities and improve the academic attainment of Hispanic students.
The MFOS Program was created in 2006. UF and President Machen recognized students from low socio-economic backgrounds can be deterred from enrolling in college because of fear of debt and concern that working while in school could hinder the chances for academic success.
CBL integrates academic and experiential learning. “Community Fellows” undertake community-based leadership development that is embedded in responses to community needs that leverage Mount Holyoke courses, volunteers, and work-study students to support community programs and organizations.